OfferUp is a Seattle original mobile app where you can safely buy and sell used items. OfferUp combines the best elements of existing online selling and sharing tools (think: craigslist+eBay+Pinterest+iPhone), where sellers can turn unused items into cash and buyers can get a good deal.
UNIQUE Mobile and Safety Technology
The simplicity of OfferUp is a mobile marketplace with unique features focused on personal safety. Only the OfferUp TruYou™ member program lets both buyers and sellers provide information that validates their identities. You earn TruYou member status by providing information, including a scan of your driver’s license, that enables each person’s identity to be cross referenced with public records. In addition to the TruYou member program, OfferUp provides in-app private messaging to keep identities completely anonymous until buyers and sellers decide to share private information.
How It Works
Whether it’s to get rid of a stroller, toys, sporting equipment, or clothing, sellers can use OfferUp’s “Snap and Tap” iPhone mobile app to snap a picture and post used items for sale in under one minute. Without ever needing to connect to a PC, the item immediately posts to OfferUp’s mobile marketplace and website. Sellers also have the option to easily share the listing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or send an email to individuals or groups. OfferUp’s photo-based shopping interface makes it easy for potential buyers to discover nearby deals that are relevant to their interests and lifestyle.
Krista Wood, a working mother of two small children, says, “I’ve always had an interest in selling my gently- used baby and toddler items online, but the idea of having a stranger come to my home made me feel a bit uncomfortable.” Wood continued, “Not only does OfferUp make buying and selling simple, but the OfferUp TruYou member program and other safety features make me feel more at ease in handling the buying and selling process without hesitation.”
OfferUp intends to be a better and safer mobile alternative to Craigslist for busy families, with a bulls-eye focus on security and the added convenience of a mobile app that users will love. According to a 2011 NPD Group research study, the average U.S. household has more than $7,000 worth of unused items. OfferUp believes families want to turn these items into cash, but are often frustrated by the cumbersome, risky, and unfriendly mobile experience of current marketplaces. With its unique approach to personal safety, OfferUp will help families overcome the fears driven by studies such as the one by AIM Group, which linked Craigslist to 330 crimes and 12 deaths in the U.S. between 2010 and 2011.